By Christian Zibreg on Jan 10, 2017
iPhone manufacturer Foxconn Technology Group posted its first ever sales decline since it went public back in 1991, Japanese outlet Nikkei reported Tuesday. The outlet expectedly blames “lukewarm demand” from Foxconn’s biggest client Apple and the “saturated smartphone market” for the 2.81 percent drop in annual sales.
For context, Foxconn earns more than half of its revenue from doing business with Apple. The Taiwanese company is also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry and assembles iPhones and other gadgets like PlayStation consoles, notebooks, wearable devices and so forth on a mass scale. Read More
By Cody Lee on Jan 2, 2017
Apple on Monday announced an upcoming promotion for Chinese New Year. The one-day sale, spotted by MacRumors on Apple’s Hong Kong website, provides free Beats Solo3 wireless headphones with the purchase of select Mac or iPhone models.
The promo begins on January 6 at 8:00 a.m. in China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan. The free Solo3 headphones will come in the red colorway, as red is believed to symbolize good fortune and joy, and is found everywhere during Chinese New Year. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 30, 2016
Several analysts interviewed recently by The Wall Street Journal opined that iPhone 7’s supposed lack of compelling features probably convinced many owners of the exploding Note 7 to opt for another high-end Galaxy handset, and not Apple’s flagship phone.
Their remarks were corroborated today by supplier data collected by Japanese newspaper Nikkei Asian Review, which claims Apple is planning to cut iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus orders by ten percent starting in the first quarter of 2017 after they “sold more sluggishly than expected”. Read More
By Steffen Reich on Dec 30, 2016
On Tuesday, Apple afficionados were treated to a new wave of white shell iPhone 7 mock-ups and purported leaks hitting the internet, advancing the notion that the Cupertino-based company could plan to release a white counterpart to their Jet Black coating some time around March 2017.
From an aesthetic standpoint, everyone is going to have their two cents on the necessity of it in the grand scheme of things. Simply by moving the discussion from the fashion sphere to the finance department though, the ambivalence in regard to whether or not this iPhone release is genuinely necessary quickly crumbles and clearly comes down on one side of the fence.
As we will learn in late January, Apple’s first quarter of the fiscal year 2017 is going to look after itself nicely, but in view of the Q2 figures and a long summer following, Jet White definitely needs to happen. Two key reasons must be paid attention to in order to understand the imperative of a Jet White iPhone for a healthier bottom line in the fiscal year of 2017. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 7, 2016
According to Phil Schiller, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, the App Store last month enjoyed the highest monthly sales ever since its inception in the summer of 2008. “November 2016 was a record breaker for the App Store—the highest monthly sales ever in its history,” reads the tweet.
Although Schiller didn’t provide any hard numbers, in just two weeks during last year’s holiday season the App Store raked in a massive $1.1 billion revenue from sales of iOS apps and In-App Purchases. Read More
By Cody Lee on Dec 5, 2016
Sales of the Apple Watch to consumers set a record during the first week of holiday shopping, Apple CEO Tim Cook said in an emailed statement to Reuters. Additionally, he says the current quarter is on track to be the best ever for the wearable.
The comments were in response to a Monday report from technology research firm IDC, which estimated that Apple sold just 1.1 million Watches during its Q3, down 71% from the year-ago quarter. But Cook says its growth is off the charts. Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 28, 2016
We’re about halfway through Cyber Monday and there are still plenty of deals going on, so as usual, we’ve decided to put together a list of our favorite discounts. There are many deals still going from Black Friday, as well as some new ones. Let’s just say that if you’re in the market for a consumer product, chances are it’s on sale somewhere today. Read More
By Sébastien Page on Nov 23, 2016
App developers are gearing up for the holiday season that is officially starting this week with Black Friday and Cyber Monday. During that time, a lot of developers are offering discounts on their apps, whether they are for macOS or iOS.
It’s virtually impossible to keep track of all the deals going on right now, but we’ll make sure to update this post as frequently as possible when we find interesting offers on some great apps, so make sure to check back often. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 24, 2016
Wireless carrier T-Mobile on Monday announced earnings for the September quarter. Total revenues for the quarter were $9.2 billion, an eighteen percent year-over-year increase. T-Mobile said it was able to increase revenue thanks to new T-Mobile One plans and add-ons, the launch of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in September and an influx of prepaid customers who migrated to postpaid plans.
Services revenue during the quarter came in at $7.1 billion, a thirteen percent year-over-year increase. The carrier has added two million new customers during the quarter. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 21, 2016
The original Apple Watch debuted in April 2015 in a few markets, with Apple pushing the $10,000-$17,000 Apple Watch Edition aggressively via pop up shops found in high-profile department stores, including Galeries Lafayette in Paris, Selfridges in London and Isetan in Tokyo. But those pop up shops won’t be open for much longer, it would seem.
As reported by French blog Mac4Ever, Apple will be closing the mini-store in Galeries Lafayette effective January 2017 due to poor sales of the device at the location. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 7, 2016
The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus officially went on sale in India and Ukraine this morning. As confirmed by authorized resellers and local Apple websites, the new handsets will be launching in a few African and Middle Eastern countries later this month. Plus, both the iPhone 7 family and the new Apple Watch Series 2 will be going on sale in Israel on October 20. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 26, 2016
The CEO of Pegatron, a Taiwanese contract manufacturer that assembles Apple handsets along with Foxconn, told Nikkei Asian Review he remained “cautiously optimistic” about iPhone 7 sales.
His comment targets a recent analyst report from KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo predicting fewer iPhone 7 sales in 2016 than the iPhone 6s garnered in 2015. Analyst firm Piper Jaffray, too, downplayed Kuo’s negative report in an interview with AppleInsider, saying it’s seeing similarities to the monster iPhone 6 upgrade cycle. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 26, 2016
Despite Note 7 fires and carriers suggesting iPhone 7 sellouts, top Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities isn’t entirely convinced that strong consumer demand will offset slowing shipments. In a note to clients obtained by AppleInsider, Kuo predicted 70-75 million iPhone 7 sales in 2016—lower than that of the iPhone 6s in 2015.
Kuo cautions that strong iPhone 7 sales are not “not entirely due to market demand” because carrier promotions inflated sales numbers and a larger amount of launch countries led to depleted inventories worldwide. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 8, 2016
An Apple spokesperson has confirmed to CNBC that the company won’t be reporting opening-weekend sales numbers for the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, giving the publication a funny reason for the unexpected decision: due to demand outweighing supply, Apple feels that first-weekend sales stats are “no longer a representative metric” for investors and customers when it comes to iPhones.
To me, that sounds more like Apple management aiming to pre-empty any further fallout in case launch sales are not as high as Wall Street analysts like to predict. Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 17, 2016
Target on Wednesday said that a drop in demand for Apple’s products hurt its electronics sales during the second quarter. Reuters passes along comments made by the company’s CEO Brian Cornell during today’s conference call, who said sales of Apple products in their stores were down more than 20% year-over-year. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jun 30, 2016
MetroPCS, a prepaid wireless carrier in the United States that is part of T-Mobile USA, will start selling Apple’s iPhones on July 1 in a limited number of retail stores in Florida. The program should expand nationwide following the Florida launch.
According to the official announcement from T-Mobile, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be available for $649 and $749, respectively
The iPhone SE and iPhone 5s will be available for $349 and $199, respectively. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Mar 28, 2016
Apple’s new four-inch iPhone SE could prove very popular in China, Apple’s second largest market in terms of revenue, as launch weekend pre-orders from retailers have topped an estimated 3.4 million units, said CNBC on Monday. Data from local retailers reveals that Gold and Rose Gold are the most popular colorways among buyers in China. Those are preliminary figures: Apple has not publicly boasted about iPhone SE pre-orders as of yet. Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 26, 2015
Looking to pick up a new iPad this holiday season? iDB has you covered. We’ve rounded up all of the top promotions going on this Black Friday weekend regarding the popular tablet, so you don’t have to spend hours digging through the sales ads.
Unsurprisingly, we haven’t seen any deals related to the just-released iPad Pro, but all other iPad models are being significantly discounted. The Air 2 can be found for as much as $150 off, the mini 4 is $100 off, and older models are on sale as well. Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 26, 2015
A lot of people associate Black Friday deals with frivolous, impulsive shopping, but did you know you can score great deals on larger, significant buys during the promotional event as well? Take the Mac, for example, which is being discounted by as much as $300 this weekend.
We’ve rounded up some of the best offers we could find on various MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and iMac models. There’s something for everyone in this list, whether you’re a student in search of a budget notebook, or a professional looking for your next workhorse. Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 26, 2015
Those looking to pick up a new iPhone for themselves or as a gift this holiday season should pay attention to this weekend’s Black Friday sales. Both new and older models of Apple’s popular handset are being significantly discounted by several retailers.
We’ve sifted through stacks of advertisements, and picked out our favorite iPhone deals from retailers like Best Buy, Target and Walmart. Note that most of these offers require a contract or agreement of some sort with a carrier, and are in-store only. Read More